Giant pandas Xing Ya & Wu Wen celebrate their 5th birthday

Giant Pandas Activity

On Wednesday, 8 August, it will be time to party at Ouwehands Zoo. Both pandas will be celebrating their fifth birthday and at 10:15 am, they will be treated to a multi-tiered, refreshingly cool birthday cake. The male, Xing Ya, was born on 5 August and the female, Wu Wen, was born on 11 August. It was more than a year ago that the giant pandas Xing Ya and Wu Wen were first able to explore their outdoor enclosure under the watchful eye of many invitees.

Lucky number

There is a good reason that the zoo decided to celebrate the birthdays jointly on the 8th day of the 8th month: in Chinese culture, eight is a lucky number. The Chinese pronunciation of the number eight sounds similar to the word for prosperity and wealth. What’s more, an eight resembles the infinity symbol. Also, when two eights are used next to each other, they resemble the character for ‘double luck’. 


The programme for this festive day is packed full of fun activities, at the centre of which are the giant pandas. Xing Ya and Wu Wen will be treated to a multi-tiered, refreshingly cool birthday cake. If it’s your birthday you treat others, so other bamboo-eating animals, such as the elephants and the small pandas, will be treated to bamboo as well. In addition, children can make a wish for Xing Ya and Wu Wen at one of the Chinese wishing trees, participate in the Pandasia scavenger hunt, make a panda mask and visit ‘Professor Panda’, a park adventurer who knows everything there is to know about giant pandas, China and Pandasia.

The latest panda news

In spring, the giant pandas Xing Ya and Wu Wen had their first face-to-face meeting. They were given the opportunity to see, hear and smell each other from close up. While Xing Ya and Wu Wen were visibly and audibly interested in one another, both animals were still too young and their meeting did not result in them mating. As such, we must wait for next year, when Wu Wen will be fertile again. A female panda is only fertile for 3 to 7 days per year, which makes reproduction among giant pandas complicated.

Giant pandas can be followed every day 

If you would like to experience more panda adventures, Xing Ya and Wu Wen can be followed every day thanks to a crystal-clear live video feed. Various cameras are positioned in such a way that a panda can be seen at almost any given moment in either the indoor or outdoor enclosure. Go to and discover what a day in the life of a giant panda at Ouwehands Zoo looks like.